MK ULTRA | Previously unpublished photograph from Mortal Kombat's launch party in Los Angeles.(Photo by Michael McWhertor)

First In-Game Teaser for Dead Island Still Playing the Emotion Card

While it's certainly not the game-changing first trailer for Dead Island, today's just-released trailer attempts to give a tug to those same heartstrings with music right out of a Hallmark commercial matched to in-game footage. More »

Has Aging Changed the Way You Game?

Commenter Sumada feels he doesn't appreciate games as much as he did when he was younger. In today's Speak Up on Kotaku we explore how aging has changed the way you play and appreciate video games.
Lately I've been thinking about why I don't appreciate games as much as I did when I was younger. More »

GagaVille, the Most Monstrous FarmVille Update Yet

GagaVille itself is a bit of a let down. It's just a neighboring farm with a few silly things to click. But for FarmVille regulars, the update brings new items, crops, and decorations-and a chance to listen to tracks from Lady Gaga's upcoming album before anyone else. More »

The Witcher 2 Wastes No Time Getting Naked

All great sword and sorcery epics have an element of romance to them. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings gets the romancing underway within the first ten minutes of starting a new game. More »

See How L.A. Noire Does Justice to the Faces of Real TV Stars

Video games might finally be done ruining the performances of quality actors. For months, the makers of the video game L.A. Noire have boasted that their interactive 1947 detective story would use new technology to transport actors' real facial expressions into a virtual world. More »

Our Surprising First Look at How Gotham City Impostors Does Batman Vs. Joker

Revealed yesterday, Gotham City Impostors is a multiplayer first-person shooter that pits Batman acolytes against the Jokers disciples. It sounds just crazy enough to work and it looks even crazier, based on the game's first piece of artwork. More »

Sony Exec: "Past Three Weeks Have Been the Longest Three Weeks of My Life"

Sony is still pushing to get the rest of the Playstation Network up and online by the end of the month, Sony Computer Entertainment told a room of journalists today. "We are in the final phase of restoration with a target of getting everything back online by the end of this month," said Shuhei Yoshida... More »

Rockstar's Better 'Eye of Sauron' Joke is Unmissable in L.A. Noire

Rockstar Games has always said that they take complaints about work-place stress seriously. But they've always had a good chuckle about complaints that their New York headquarters is an all-seeing, all-scrutinizing "Eye of Sauron." More »

Things are awfully quiet at Kotaku HQ right now, with Crecente across town, Joel sidelined and Totilo karate chopping fools at his dojo. I'll see Crecente tomorrow when I scoot across town for some pre-E3 business, which is starting to sound like this year's expo is shaping up nicely. Comic-Con, EVO and much, much more aren't far away. –Michael McWhertor

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